Football: Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into Champions League semis

Wednesday 19 April 2017 a week ago 31   Madrid   Print

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Report  Web desk : MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in thrilling quarter-final second leg. The holders surged through 6-3 on aggregate at an exhilarated Santiago Bernabeu to take their place in Friday semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year. But Real were pushed all the way by Bayern, who battled back from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to send the tie into extra time thanks to Robert Lewandowski penalty and an own goal from Sergio Ramos. However, after Arturo Vidal was sent off, Ronaldo hit the century mark in Europe top club competition on 104 minutes and completed his hat-trick five minutes later. Bayern were left incensed, though, as Ronaldo second and third goals were clearly offside. To score six goals against a team like Bayern Munich is not easy so we deserved to go through, the Portuguese striker told Spanish TV station. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, we are used to suffering and we are happy to be in the semis once again. Marco Asensio gave a night of high-class action the finale it deserved with a sensational solo goal to rub salt in Bayern wounds. The (red) card for Arturo was not a card and then the two goals from Cristiano are offside so clearly we are not happy, said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti. In a quarter final you have to put a better referee, or it is the moment to introduce video refereeing, which is what UEFA are trying because there are too many errors. The German champions had been beaten on their previous four trips to Spain without even scoring a goal. However, knowing they needed at least two to progress, Carlo Ancelotti men started on the front foot and were left to rue a huge opportunity just eight minutes in. Marcelo made a miraculous block to deny Thiago Alcantara before former Real winger Arjen Robben scuffed into the side-netting on his trusted left foot. Much like the first leg six days ago though, Madrid weathered the early storm and had plenty of chances to go in front before half-time. Manuel Neuer fingertips turned Dani Carvajal drive behind. Jerome Boateng bailed out a rare mistake from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as he cleared off the line from Ramos after Neuer fumbled a simple cross. The half-time whistle brought some respite to proceedings on the field, although the Bayern fans were involved in a minor clash with local police at the break. (01)